Opinion: Why Hugo Lloris deserves to be a Spurs player next season

Hugo Lloris
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Hugo Lloris’s future at Tottenham is currently up in the air, with the captain having less than a year to run on his current contract and the Frenchman recently admitting that no talks have taken place (Daily Mail).

While the 34-year-old claimed he was relaxed about the situation, there is no doubt that Spurs have a decision to make. With Pierluigi Gollini supposedly brought in to compete with the Frenchman, the situation surrounding the World Cup winner is stll unclear.

Since returning from the elbow injury he suffered in the defeat at Brighton in October 2019, Lloris has been nothing short of fantastic and fully warrants at least a twelve-month extension.

During the 19/20 season, Lloris had his best save percentage during a league campaign in his career, at 79.6% (Fbref).

Last season, it went down to 75.7% (Fbref) which is still a pretty decent figure,, however, the decrease can probably be attributed to the leaky defence and the number of shots that peppered his goal.  While he is still prone to an error, he single-handedly kept us in some games last year with his saves.

Spurs have always been reluctant to hand new contracts to older players, even if it’s just fo a further season however, I really do think Hugo is someone we should be looking to make an exception for.

There’s certainly a chance Hugo could decide that he has no desire to extend his contract with us. After nearly 10 years at Spurs, you could hardly blame him if he decided he wanted a different challenge to end his career or to move back to France, closer to home.

However, I think Spurs should at the very least try to extend his contract with the goalkeeper certainly being a contender for a ‘legendary’ status at the club.  Next year will mark his decade in North London, having been captain for six of those years.  

He gave us his peak years when we could only muster Europa League qualification, season after season and could have easily gone elsewhere to play Champions League football.  Loyalty works both ways.

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